Pakistan, Saudi Arabia declares to stand with each other during ups and downs


MAKKAH:  President Mamoon Hussain and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud held a meeting at Safa Palace in Makkah to discuss relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.

Situation in Middle East and South Asia were discussed between the two leaders and pledged to stand by each other through thick and then.

According to a press release received here on Sunday King Salman had invited President Mamnoon and his delegation to an Iftar reception at his palace.

Both the leaders remained together for some time and discussed matters of mutual and bilateral interest. The president said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed fraternal relations and all Pakistanis had a special place for Saudi Arabia in their hearts.

President Mamnoon appreciated the kindness of the King Salman towards the Muslims visiting Haramain Sharifain and his efforts for providing efficient facilities to Umrah and Hajj pilgrims.

President Mamnoon also met his Yemeni counterpart Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Kuwait’s national assembly speaker Marzouq bin Ali Al-Ghanim during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

The president’s meeting with the Saudi monarch comes in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic crack in the Middle East and days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with King Salman during a one-day trip to the Kingdom.

Earlier this month, Qatar faces isolation when Saudi Arabia backed by United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Maldives accused the country for sponsoring terrorism and cut off all trade and diplomatic ties with it.

The deepening crisis in the region has been touted as the biggest in the Middle East and has led Pakistan, along with countries around the world, into coming up with a suitable strategy to end the conflict.

Pakistan had stressed the need for unity in the Muslim world and recommends the countries involved to engage in dialogue. However, there are worries that Pakistan would not be able to maintain its neutrality in the conflict for long.

King Salman told Sharif that ‘the fight against extremism and terrorism is in the interest of all Muslims and the Ummah’. Sections of the media reported that monarch urged PM Sharif to choose sides in the rift and asked him, “Are you with us or with Qatar?.

Source: Online

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